This car ended up being my choice over BMW and Audi wagons. The styling is more distinctive, both exterior and interior. I have the 3.6L engine, and the 318 hp pulls this car with plenty of power. This car ended up costing me less than a 3 Series or A4 wagon, and I got more features and space without sacrificing being fun to drive. Very satisfied with this car.
3.0 v6 packs a punch for what it is. The car is the perfect size, it is nimble and aggressive. However the AWD isnt perfect. It flutters at slow speeds with the wheel turned all the way. The transmission feels a bit jerky at anything over 50% throttle, but extremely responsive. The brakes appear to vibrate at times, but that might just be time to turn the rotors or get new ones. however everything functions well. maybe it is just in my head. The space capacity is awesome. My wife and son love to cruise in it and the boy can't get enough of the panoramic sun roof. I could not have asked for a better purchase. I bought the car from the original owner, with extensive car fax history and it still has plenty of Cadillac warranty. The mileage on the car was a little high, but the car still smells and for the most part feels like new.
Traded my C5 Roadster for this on a rainy day. Drives great in rain snow and the panoramic sunroof is for all the other days. Was told the CTS-V goes through brakes and tires like crazy. I have 67K miles and the original brakes and tires. Performance and mpg on regular gas is phenomenal! The AWD system puts all the power to the ground and does not embarrass. GPS would not update and went on the fritz. Cadillac replaced it under warranty. No other issues.